The Nissan GT-R is a car that needs no introduction here at MotorAuthority but for the uninitiated, the car is a Japanese performance machine that can outrace some of the world's top supercars but at a fraction of their lofty pricetags. It packs a bespoke twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 engine and matches this to a sophisticated all-wheel drive system, quick-shifting dual clutch transmission and advanced electronic controls--all of which add up to something greater than the sum of its parts.
So what kind of performance are we talking about? How ‘bout a peak output of 485 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque, 0-60 mph times of less than 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 193 mph.
The only downside is that the interior is a little Spartan but when you’re getting thunderous acceleration, prodigious grip, and enough electronic assistance to help even less-experienced drivers look like hot shoes, who cares?
Its closest rival is without doubt the infamous Porsche 911 Turbo, which also sports a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter six, as well as all-wheel drive and a dual clutch transmission. However, on most race tracks, the Nissan can actually overwhelm the Porsche. Speed-obsessed buyers should also cross-shop the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, though even the Chevy can’t match the GT-R’s sub-$100,000 sticker.
The GT-R doesn't look like the voluptuous exotics it competes with, either, though it does cut a unique and instantly recognizable profile. More conservative and high-tech looking than a Ferrari or Lamborghini, with distinctly Japanese cues, the GT-R might not win the beauty pageant, but it won't leave a loser, either.
We give the car a solid 10 out of 10 here at MotorAuthority, but as mentioned, if you like your luxury as much as you like your performance, then you might be a little dissatisfied with the cabin. You still get navigation options, voice recognition, abundant media interfaces, and a very slick, Playstation-like interface that lets you control and display almost everything the car is doing, however.
Due to its world-beating performance, the 2011 Nissan GT-R is a true supercar--but with a pricetag starting at $84,060, this is one supercar that you don’t have to have to have a super income to afford. Note that a facelifted model has been introduced for 2012, one with even more power and torque, healthier emissions and new equipment packages.
For a complete take on the safety, quality, performance, styling, and features of the 2011 Nissan GT-R, read the full review at TheCarConnection